Lovable MMA fighter and ardent weed smoker Nick Diaz may return soon. Or at least he’ll be able to from a USADA-suspension perspective.
According to ESPN, Diaz’s suspension – which he was hit with for totally blowing off telling USADA his whereabouts – will be up on April 19. After that, Diaz could return to fighting… if that’s what he even wants.
Despite ascending to great heights in popularity, both in the Octagon and in other organizations, the older Diaz brother has made it clear this whole fighting thing sucks and he’d rather be doing something else.
Which is sad for us, because when Diaz fights, it’s usually fun as hell. His last fight, against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 back in 2015, was chock full of Diaz shenanigans.
Diaz, 34, has accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for missing three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month span. He is the first athlete to record that violation under the UFC’s program.
USADA announced Diaz’s suspension on Monday. The timing of the announcement is unique, in that Diaz has already served nearly all of the suspension.
The one-year period of ineligibility is retroactive to the date of Diaz’s third missed test, which was April 19, 2017. That means the suspension ends in just 10 days.
Diaz (26-9) has not expressed interest in a fight for some time, but has never officially retired.